It has been a long time since fans and media have had to make a prediction for a Conor McGregor fight. After more than a year out of action, the former featherweight and lightweight champion is set to return to the Octagon when he faces Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246. Despite a potential lightweight title shot for McGregor hinging on the result, the fight will be contested at welterweight.
In the co-main event, former champ Holly Holm will face Raquel Pennington at women’s bantamweight. Another former champ will open the card when Anthony Pettis returns to the division he used to rule when he takes on Carlos Diego Ferreira at lightweight. The CBS Sports experts have provided predictions for all five main card bouts as the UFC gets ready to kick off 2020 with the biggest star in the sport’s return to the Octagon.
Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride. Let’s take a closer look at the rest of the card with the latest odds from MGM.
UFC 246 main card
- Conor McGregor -320 vs. Donald Cerrone +260 — Welterweights
- Holly Holm -130 vs. Raquel Pennington +110 — Women’s bantamweights
- Maurice Greene -125 vs. Aleksei Oleinik +105 — Heavyweights
- Ode Osbourne -137 vs. Brian Kelleher +110 — Bantamweights
- Carlos Diego Ferreira -240 vs. Anthony Pettis +200 — Lightweights
- Maycee Barber -800 vs. Roxanne Modafferi +550 — Women’s flyweights
- Sodiq Yusuff -140 vs. Andre Fili +120 — Featherweights
- Nasrat Haqparast -280 vs. Drew Dober +240 — Lightweights
- Aleksa Camur -125 vs. Justin Ledet +105 — Light heavyweights
- Askar Askarov -150 vs. Tim Elliot +130 — Flyweights
- Sabina Mazo -110 vs. JJ Aldrich -110 — Women’s flyweights
With such a massive main event on tap, the crew at CBS Sports went ahead with predictions and picks for the main card with latest odds from MGM. Here are your pick makers: Brent Brookhouse (Combat sports writer), Brian Campbell (Combat sports writer), Matthew Coca (producer), Jack Crosby (editor), Michael Mormile (producer) and Brandon Wise (editor).
In a recent interview, Conor McGregor said he feels “invigorated” and ready to move on from the mistakes he’s made outside the Octagon that have derailed his career. The “Notorious” Irishman makes his anticipated return on Saturday against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas. The stop features the main UFC 246 fight card at 10 p.m. ET and is headlined by this welterweight bout between two of the promotion’s luminaries.
McGregor (21-4) remains perhaps the sport’s biggest star, but hasn’t won a UFC bout since November 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez. Cerrone (36-13-1) is the UFC’s all-time wins leader with 23 but has lost his last two bouts to slide in the rankings. McGregor is a -300 favorite (risk $300 to win $100), while Cerrone is a +240 underdog in the latest McGregor vs. Cerrone odds. Meanwhile, Holly Holm is a -135 favorite over Raquel Pennington (+115) in the current UFC 246 odds. Before making any UFC 246 picks and McGregor vs. Cowboy predictions of your own, check out what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say.
Marley won the first-ever “ToutMaster” UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and also appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and DFS shows. Over the past year, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $19,000.
At UFC Fight Night 165 in December, Marley told SportsLine members that Chan Sung Jung, aka “The Korean Zombie” (-185), would dominate veteran Frankie Edgar (+165) in the featherweight main event. He predicted a knockout finish for Jung, and the South Korean delivered with a flurry to stop Edgar in the first round.
Moreover, at UFC 245, Marley accurately predicted that welterweight champ Kamaru Usman (-175) would prevail in his title defense against challenger Colby Covington (+155). The result: Usman scored a fifth-round TKO to secure the victory. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up.
Now, with UFC 246 fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every single fight. He’s sharing those selections only over at SportsLine.
Marley knows the main event will likely be a defining moment in the careers of both fighters. McGregor has seen his star power and popularity take a hit because of a series of negative incidents outside the octagon. The 31-year-old Irishman also saw his reputation take a blow following his lopsided loss to Nurmagomedov following a nearly two-year hiatus from the UFC, during which he lost a highly-publicized boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
For all of his accolades, Cerrone, 36, has just one title bout in his UFC career, a loss to Rafael Dos Anjos in December 2015. The Denver native appeared perhaps headed toward another title run when he reeled off three straight victories, but was stopped by Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje in his last two bouts. A third consecutive loss would give his critics more fodder. Go see the top UFC 246 picks now.